Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    No apparent direction and no advancement for engineering.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Remote work fully supported. Decent benefit package. ESPP plan is a nice perk.

    Cons

    Immense, ever shifting bureaucracy. Tons of middle management and endless meetings. No clear direction. Zero advancement possible in engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Pay market rates or offer some sort of career track for your engineers or continue to lose them to attrition.


  2. Helpful (1)

    15 year Cisco IT veteran, had enough of the Cisco culture.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cisco was a very exciting company to work for. Very rewarding with endless possibilities. Good benefits, tuition reimbursement, PTO time. Flexible work hours and the ability to work from home. ESPP.

    Cons

    Middle management hell and they are afraid of their own shadows. Constant limited restructuring causes continuous fears of being laid off. Difficult to be promoted, unless you drop everything your doing and appease your director by chasing the shiny ball. You don't get rewarded for excelling at your daily job, its more important to kiss senior managements rear end and get your "name known". Would rather hire off the street than promote within. Cisco is no longer a fun company to work for and is now just a large company to work for. They have truly adopted the do more with less, including money and people. If your not at one of the major campuses, you are forgotten about.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the constant management shuffling and restructuring. Stop bringing people in off the street at higher positions. Place more value in your long term employees who have helped build this company up. The people who know the inner workings of the company and not the people who can talk up a good interview, only to find out that's the only thing they were good at. Bring back the exciting team work place and team building events and off sites. Get rid of middle management who cannot commit or drive commitments, but instead crumble when their director gives any push back.


  3. A great opportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Tier I Telepresence Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Tier I Telepresence Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Have a great chance of moving up, awesome resources for personal growth, cool culture and atmosphere while training and on the floor. People were always willing to help, you were not left stranded after hitting the floor.

    Cons

    Inadequate compensation, can sometimes feel like a hostile environment, not enough staff on our team, and slow to replace those laid off.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Below average for a fortune 100 company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Perks, benefits, remote working, wide portfolio of products.

    Cons

    Lack of focus on people management. Very bureaucratic and always operating in a chaos mode. Lack of growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    Silos and layers of management, internal trust at employee level continues to lag

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great customers and partners around the world… legacy of 30 years of Cisco changing the world

    Cons

    passive aggressive internal politics, annual re-org and layoffs, lots of people have lots of ideas but complex org model makes it difficult to align and achieve corporate vision and strategy

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of layers SVP/VP/Sr Dir/DIr, reduce the functional silos, increase accountability of functions (internal focus creating templates for management), listen to customers, partners, and employees on the front lines with experience and expertise


  7. Decent Pay, but high burnouts, seniors dominate the company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    --Decent pay --Remote work --Good bonus, 401K plan, Health Insurance plans. -- Work in latest technologies

    Cons

    -- Seniors(i.e. people who stayed in the company) for years do lot of politics -- they juice the young chaps, project/program managers enjoy having work/life balance --Not high quality PMs- some PMs lack communication, negotiation and planning skills -- More culture specific.

    Advice to Management

    --Remove some old wards who are not up-todate with trends/technology --Keep rotating PMs and recruite/promote young PMs - Make sure the credit goes to the person who works, not the PMs or managers who do politics


  8. Too many layoffs!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, nice co-workers, telecommuting.

    Cons

    very few raises if any, too many layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Bring jobs back to the US!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Management questionable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good flexibility in terms of telecommuting, work/life balance, bonus

    Cons

    secret management pet club, internal boy click, political

    Advice to Management

    assign clear roles & responsibilities, when things blow up give credit to the person who warned you months ahead but you chose not to listen as you thought their opinion did not matter due to their grade


  10. Helpful (2)

    Sweat-shop

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salaries catching up to the rest of high tech though they expect you to work two jobs at once company results getting better gives us hope that they will get out of the frantic mode.

    Cons

    continuous crunch time for the past 5 years is wearing people thin. you are expected to work evenings, early mornings, sunday night. You are motivated to do this for crunch time once in a while but this is one continuous crunch time. The company is distressed and with the recent good results they are patting themselves on the back and asking for more. People are voting with their feet and walking out to new jobs. Req for open jobs go unfilled. There is an air of tyranny in the atmosphere and employees that can walk are fed up. And what makes it worse is an air of condescending attitude towards anyone that has not been with the company from the golden days with the old hands full of the not invented here syndrome and taking care of their buddies regardless of performance or ability. It is a Babel of cultures and sometimes very hard to make a change and do the right thing.

    Advice to Management

    Ease up and take the darn lead foot off the pedal.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Be careful of strong politics in HR

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great , rewarding work with the clients.

    Cons

    Politics are very mean spirited in HR. Be prepared

    Advice to Management

    You have lost the great culture you had 10 years ago of really caring about the employees.



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